Last week I spoke about life is how we see it. I talked about whatever you focus on, you get more of. What are you noticing? Are you the type to see the glass half full or half empty?
This week I want to share a story where I caught myself colluding with the glass half empty.
I planned to be back in Long Beach, NY yesterday to run the 10K Turkey Trot (yes with "the" turkey hat!). I've been training for it. I've run it a few times in years past and love it (picture above left)
So...I've been training for this 10K that happened yesterday in NY. A week ago my plans changed and I realized I am not going to be back in NY until after the Turkey Trot.
I felt a surge of frustration as my mind began indulge in "story". I got myself all worked up with the emotion of wanting to be back in NY, yet it not being the right time, and also all the training I have done for what!! And friends, running with that turkey hat...it brings me great joy :)
So, I tried looking for a Turkey Trot here in IL where I spend half my time these days and the only ones are on Thanksgiving Day which is when I will be back in NY. Argh!!!
Many of you know my relationship with running. I love to hate it, yet it loves me and I am at my best in my life when I am running. Running helps me feel at peace when the weather gets colder and the days have more darkness.
So, after realizing I would not be participating in a turkey trot this year I felt disappointed, down, aggravated. I allowed myself to collude with the negative-- giving my energy and attention to the seeming obstacle.
Then it hit me!
I asked myself: What is the opportunity here? What is the glass half full approach?
The answer I discovered:
I will run my own 10K turkey trot here in IL on the same day it is taking place in NY!!
Decision made I set out to find a turkey hat to wear because of course mine is in NY and I must trot in the hat..
Guess what? I couldn't find a hat in time. Party City, Target, not even Amazon Prime!!
And so... I realized once again, I must be agile and open. If not a turkey hat, then what??
I realized while at Target there was a reindeer hat. AHA. Got it. I must shift my plan.
The story ends with me running my own, solo 10K Reindeer Hop in IL yesterday with my reindeer hat (picture above right). It was exhilarating and I beat my goal for time. I felt the energy of the trotters in Long Beach, NY.
What's the lesson here? And quite frankly it's the BIG lesson for me this year:
Trot. Hop. Crawl. Soar. Scream. Laugh. Cry. Whatever. Life Goes On. Whatever I decide to see (obstacle or opportunity), I get. Choose Wisely.
And while this example is "light", the principles can be applied to even the most challenging of circumstance in life.
As we come to the end of this year...begin to think about:
What is your big lesson this year?
How will you start to grow from it now- here - today?
How will you give thanks for the wisdom?
Wisdom + Gratitude will prepare you to start 2018 ready to THRIVE!
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